Barack Obama's consolidation of the levers of Democratic party power continue: the Democratic National Committee says it will no longer accept donations from lobbyists or members of political action committees. "We are trying to be seamless with the Obama campaign," a party official said. The official said the decision was jointly made. Previous contributions from PACs and lobbyists won't be returned; future ones will.

An Obama campaign official confirms that Paul Tewes, who ran Obama's Iowa campaign and has since served as a senior adviser, will be the campaign's chief operational planner at the Democratic National Committee. Mr. Tewes is being introduced to DNC staff this afternoon.

Obama aides say that they expect fundraising at the DNC to pick up dramatically as Obama and the campaign begin to raise money into the joint fundraising accounts. The DNC ended last month with just $4.1M cash on hand compared to the nearly $41m held by the Republican National Committee.

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